Yahoo! PageBuilder vs. Microsoft FrontPage

 (2007)

G. Stolyarov II

See Mr. Stolyarov's Index of Selected Writings, Originally Published on Associated Content / Yahoo! Voices.

A sample image Note from the Author: I was commissioned to write this product review by Associated Content (which subsequently became Yahoo! Voices) in 2007. The article has enjoyed some popularity and has received over 500 views to date. Due to the closure of Yahoo! Voices in 2014, I render this article permanently available on this page.

~ G. Stolyarov II, July 21, 2014

For almost five years [as of May 2007], I have owned and edited The Rational Argumentator, an online intellectual magazine. I learned how to create websites through personal experience and trial and error; I did not take a course on website development or read any specialized literature. I simply tinkered with whatever programs I had at my disposal and published the best results I could obtain. Over the years, I increasingly shifted from Yahoo! PageBuilder to Microsoft FrontPage as my primary website creation tool.

The Yahoo! PageBuilder offered for free by Yahoo!'s Geocities website service is a good starter tool for people who have no experience with building websites, but it ran into tremendous limitations that prevented speedy and efficient creation of an online magazine at the rate I wanted. Virtually every page needed to be created from scratch: text boxes, visuals, and formatting included. I spent uncounted hours manually inserting italics, underlines, and bold characters into my articles, because PageBuilder does not allow one to paste in specially formatted text. PageBuilder's fonts are highly limited, with only three genuine options in the free versions. Furthermore, Yahoo! PageBuilder runs into difficulties accommodating exceptionally long pages of text; I have observed that it begins to run much slower when one attempts to fit an article of 10,000 words or more onto a single page.

Furthermore, PageBuilder is only compatible with Yahoo! Geocities sites; I tried copying and pasting the html code from PageBuilder-created pages onto non-Geocities sites, and the result always showed a substantial distortion of the page's formatting on the non-Geocities sites. On the Geocities sites themselves, there exists the highly frustrating 3-megabyte storage limit per site; I ran out of space on the first Rational Argumentator site after the twenty-second issue. I then initiated as second Geocities site, only to run out of space again after twenty-three more issues. Then I decided to purchase my own domain, hosted by Lunarpages, and to shift to exclusively using Microsoft FrontPage in all my further web creation work.

Microsoft FrontPage comes with an astounding variety of fonts and easy ways to create templates that can be reused for multiple pages. Now that I have created templates for all my articles and indices, making a new page is a simple cut and paste job. Microsoft FrontPage works reliably and without significant errors, unlike Yahoo! PageBuilder, which would often malfunction in the middle of my work session, thereby depriving me of everything I had done on that day. Sometimes PageBuilder is almost malicious in its malfunctions; it specifically prevents the user from saving his work, so as to render ineffectual all of his intentions to take precautions against possible problems! FrontPage always enables the user to save his work and quickly access it in the future.

Yahoo! PageBuilder does have a few advantages over FrontPage, however. Since it is hosted by Geocities rather than on a local computer, it can be accessed from any given PC. FrontPage, on the other hand, is specific to a given computer; thus, I can at present only edit The Rational Argumentator from my laptop if I wish to use FrontPage. Unfortunately, Microsoft has discontinued FrontPage in late 2006, and newer operating systems will not have it. It is rare to find on personal computers as is. Nonetheless, in my judgment, FrontPage is the best, most common-sense, most convenient web page design program available, and it would be a shame if it faded into total disuse.

Furthermore, using FrontPage requires slightly more expertise with html coding than using PageBuilder. Yahoo! PageBuilder can be used to create websites without any knowledge of html. With FrontPage, it is necessary to at least know how to alter hyperlinks in a page's html source code, so that one can get the visuals for the page from the files uploaded to the website, rather than from the files in the folders of one's personal computer. Nonetheless, this is easy to learn, and virtually anybody can figure it out with a little tinkering. I would highly recommend the use of Microsoft FrontPage to any amateur web designer who has upward ambitions for his site.


Gennady Stolyarov II (G. Stolyarov II) is an actuary, science-fiction novelist, independent philosophical essayist, poet, amateur mathematician, composer, and Editor-in-Chief of The Rational Argumentator, a magazine championing the principles of reason, rights, and progress. 

In December 2013, Mr. Stolyarov published Death is Wrong, an ambitious children’s book on life extension illustrated by his wife Wendy. Death is Wrong can be found on Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats.

Mr. Stolyarov has contributed articles to the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET), The Wave Chronicle, Le Quebecois Libre, Brighter Brains Institute, Immortal Life, Enter Stage RightRebirth of Reason, The Liberal Institute, and the Ludwig von Mises Institute.

In an effort to assist the spread of rational ideas, Mr. Stolyarov published his articles on Associated Content (subsequently the Yahoo! Contributor Network and Yahoo! Voices) from 2007 until Yahoo! closed this venue in 2014. Mr. Stolyarov held the highest Clout Level (10) possible on the Yahoo! Contributor Network and was one of its Page View Millionaires, with over 3,175,000 views. Mr. Stolyarov’s selected writings from that era have been preserved on this page.

Mr. Stolyarov holds the professional insurance designations of Associate of the Society of Actuaries (ASA), Associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society (ACAS), Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA), Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Associate in Reinsurance (ARe), Associate in Regulation and Compliance (ARC), Associate in Personal Insurance (API), Associate in Insurance Services (AIS), Accredited Insurance Examiner (AIE), and Associate in Insurance Accounting and Finance (AIAF).

Mr. Stolyarov has written a science fiction novel, Eden against the Colossus, a philosophical treatise, A Rational Cosmology,  a play, Implied Consent, and a free self-help treatise, The Best Self-Help is Free. You can watch his YouTube Videos.Mr. Stolyarov can be contacted at gennadystolyarovii@gmail.com.

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Learn about Mr. Stolyarov's novel, Eden against the Colossus, here.

Read Mr. Stolyarov's new comprehensive treatise, A Rational Cosmology, explicating such terms as the universe, matter, space, time, sound, light, life, consciousness, and volition, here.

Read Mr. Stolyarov's new four-act play, Implied Consent, a futuristic intellectual drama on the sanctity of human life, here.